Dedication of the Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

  • September 27, 2016 • 10 AM – 7:30 PM
  • West Campus, Brown Hall and Steinberg Auditorium

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton announces the Dedication of the Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, a division of Special Collections. Made possible by an endowing gift from Ken and Nancy Kranzberg.

Douglas B. Dowd joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in 1992. His work as an illustrator, critic and curator has helped to attract, shape and interpret distinguished collections in late 19th and 20th century American illustration. The day will include a morning open house in the collections, an afternoon symposium on American illustration and consumer culture, and an evening lecture by Professor Dowd.

Schedule of events

10a-Noon: Tour of the Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library Collections
Lower Level, West Campus Library, 7425 Forsyth Blvd.

1-4p: Symposium
Brown Lounge, Brown Hall
Illustration, Consumer Culture, and Social History

1p Keynote Lecture: Famous Artists and Unknown Soldiers: Illustration for the Masses
Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, chief curator and deputy director, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

2p Panel: Reading Objects and Images
Moderator: Heidi Kolk, associate director of American culture studies
Panelists: Vernon Mitchell, Jr. cultural historian and curator of popular history, Olin Library; Jeff Pike, illustrator and professor of design; Michelle Repice, cultural historian and assistant director, Washington University Teaching Center

3p Panel: Institutional Engagement with Consumer Culture: Opportunities and Challenges
Moderator: Douglas B. Dowd, professor of design and American culture studies
Panelists: Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, chief curator and deputy director, Norman Rockwell Museum; Jody Sowell, director of collections and exhibitions, Missouri History Museum; Nadia Ghasedi, associate university librarian for Special Collections

6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture: Douglas B. Dowd
Steinberg Auditorium, Steinberg Hall
Invisible Pictures

Questions? Contact Jody Mitori at jmitori@wustl.edu.

Illustration by Al Parker for “Expression of Love,” published in Good Housekeeping, February 1956.